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DEPARTMENTS NOTED 7 Farm to Table

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n audit of Elizabeth Chambers Hammer’s lexicon would likely show “perspective” as one of her highest-ranking words—over and over again, she cites the importance of perspective to success in all of life’s arenas, from parenthood to philanthropy to entrepreneurship. “It’s so easy to lose perspective and forget that every single day we’re blessed to do what we want because we live in a country that’s free,” says the Texas native. “There are so many people that don’t have those freedoms.”

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YOU HAVE A LOT GOING ON. WHEN DO YOU SLEEP? I don’t. I’m checking emails

at 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I probably sleep four hours a night. DOES ALL OF THE TRAVEL GET EXHAUSTING? HOW DO YOU DO IT? We

live on airplanes but have always just taken the children along with us. Harper had been on 158 flights before turning 3. You just kind of do it. It’s all a balancing act, for sure. HOW DO YOU AND ARMIE STAY CONNECTED? We have a rule not to be apart for

more than five days. And we try to take a trip in the summer and in the winter. I think the most important thing you can do for your family is have a strong marriage. Like anything, you get out what you put in. WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP YOURSELF HAPPY? My “me time” is my maintenance. I

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once a month. I get my nails done every two weeks … we’re no use to others if we’re not our best selves.

YOU WERE PREGNANT WITH FORD WHEN THE DALLAS BAKERY OPENED. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? The timing was dif-

ficult because it took over a year and a half to negotiate, and by the time we signed, we had eight weeks to do my build-out. I was eight months pregnant and working 20-hour days on my feet. You do what you have to do. YOU’RE DRIVEN. IF YOU HAD TO PICK A FEW OTHER WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD THEY BE? Ambitious,

WOMEN JUST GET IT DONE. I’M AMAZED BY SO MANY OF THE WOMEN IN MY LIFE.

thoughtful—I enjoy thinking about other people—and overscheduled.

AND PHILANTHROPIC. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WORK WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION. My first job out

of school was working at Al Gore’s network, Current TV. I did everything from cross the border with illegal immigrants to go down into an oil well. When the network closed, I really missed the more meaningful journalism. I was losing perspective a bit. The president of the Human Rights Foundation asked me to come on as a correspondent, and it was a chance for me to tell meaningful stories again, which was exactly what I was missing.

The wife of actor Armie Hammer (currently on everyone’s radar for his role in the Academy-award winning film Call Me by Your Name), Chambers Hammer would never be content as a Beverly Hills housewife. She’s a force in her own right. The 35-year-old mom of two studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, where she fell in love with storytelling. A gig on Access Hollywood catapulted her career, landing her spots on E! News, the Today show and reality shows such as Cup“I LOVE cake Wars and Sugar TRADITIONS,” Showdown. SAYS CHAMBERS HAMMER, WHO Perhaps best MAKES A POINT known for her baking TO SHARE prowess, Chambers HOME-COOKED MEALS WITH Hammer launched HARPER, 3, AND Bird Bakery in San FORD, 1. Antonio in 2012. The Highland Park Village location came four years later. She splits her time between San Antonio, Dallas and Los Angeles, overseeing bakery operations while maintaining a robust TV career. Meanwhile, she serves as chief correspondent for the Human Rights Foundation. She recently supported her husband through a 15-month press tour leading up to the Oscars. And she’s a hands-on mom to Harper, 3, and Ford, 1. Her recipe for doing it all involves little sleep and lots of—you guessed it—perspective. Being a woman helps too. “Women just get it done,” she says. “I’m amazed by so many of the women in my life.”

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DO YOU THINK YOUR WORK MAKES YOU A BETTER MOM? [It’s] taught me to

compartmentalize. I learned early on that if I’m on a conference call pushing my daughter on a swing, I may feel like I’m multitasking, but no one is actually getting my full attention.

IS THERE A MOTTO OR GOLDEN RULE YOU LIVE BY? I believe you should live every

single day like it’s your last because tomorrow isn’t promised. It’s easy to get caught up in the small things and lose perspective. ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS? Do your homework and

try to learn from as many people’s mistakes as you can. You can Google anything, but draw on experience from people who have done it. And don’t give up. WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE? An amazing mother, the best wife I

could be and bakery mogul. And somebody who told stories that people resonated with. I think telling others’ stories is the best way to keep perspective.


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JESSICA BROWN Jessica Brown is a busy mom of three children, director of admissions at Selwyn School in Argyle and wife to Mat, president of Rhino Steel Building Systems in Denton. The couple lives in Harvest in Argyle with their 7-year-old daughter, Margo; 5-year-old daughter, Sydney; 2-year-old son, Jack; and 7-month-old boxer-mix puppy, Janie.

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:45AM My alarm goes off. I hit the snooze for five more minutes and wish it were for longer. I crawl out of bed and am greeted by our very excited puppy, Janie, and then spend the next 40 minutes pulling myself together for the day while listening to a Pandora station. 6:30AM My husband’s alarm goes off as I head down the hallway to the girls’ room. Margo and Sydney are opposites when waking up: One is a bear while the other is sunshine. Janie usually tries to help wake them up by burrowing into the covers as they pull them over their heads. Eventually I end up carrying them both to my bathroom to start getting ready. Somehow in the time it takes me to wake them up, Mat is completely ready for work and about to head out the door. How are guys able to do that? 6:45AM Jack comes waltzing into my bedroom, ready to start the day. The girls are

trying to decide which uniform to wear and I’m making last-minute adjustments. 7:00AM Our nanny, Susan, arrives as we’re pulling together breakfast, lunches and backpacks. I meal prep for the week on Sundays so it’s quick to grab everything, drink my pink drink, pour some coffee to go and run out the door. 7:15AM After kissing Jack goodbye, we are off to school and work. I love this daily drive with my girls. Every morning, we have a mix of great conversations and loud singing. 7:35AM We arrive at school. The girls rush to put their things away and hang out with friends before they start their day. I stand at the front with other teachers to greet students and their parents. One of my favorite things about working in K–12 is all the hugs I get! 8:15AM Classes begin, and I head to my desk with a second cup of coffee in hand, ready to tackle the day. 8:30AM Meeting with our planning committee for International Night. We’re celebrating our 60th year as a school so we’ve got a big party to pull together—think student production, a gala, live auction and more. 9AM I meet with a current Selwyn family about re-enrollment before taking a new family on a tour of our school. 11AM It’s time to refuel so I grab a snack on the way back to my desk. I make phone calls and respond to emails. Sydney stops by on her way to the bathroom to say hi and give me a quick kiss. I love being able to work where my babies go to school! 11:30AM Time to put on my marketing hat and meet with one of our partners to take pictures of the students to be used on social media. It’s fun to walk around and be in the classrooms and see all the excitement. 12:30PM Lunchtime. I pick up my lunch from the break room and head back to my desk to prepare for my next meeting. 1PM I have an appointment with the head of school and director of development to solidify details about International Night, walk through projections and report on admissions. 2PM I just found out my 3pm meeting was cancelled—woo-hoo! Time to schedule tours and keep up correspondence with current and prospective families. I send my husband a quick text to let him know I’m thinking about him. 4:30PM Time to wrap up the day’s work, grab my girlies and head home. There are more stories and silliness on the drive as well as pleas for food. Why are kids always so hungry? I usually plan for this and have an extra snack or two up my sleeve.

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WHAT SHE’S READING The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines FAVORITE MOVIE The ’90s version of Romeo and Juliet or The Grand Budapest Hotel BEVERAGE OF CHOICE Caramel macchiato FAVORITE SCENT Lavender YEARLY DESTINATION Colorado FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH Val Kilmer in Top Gun BIGGEST PET PEEVE A dirty windshield FAVORITE APP Jane or MyFitnessPal MOTHERHOOD IN FIVE WORDS “Don’t worry, we’ve got this!”

5PM Bid farewell to the nanny for the day. The girls change and we grab more snacks before we’re out the door again. It’s soccer time for Sydney so we load up in the car to drive to Denton. 5:45PM We meet Grandma and Opa at soccer practice to take over with the kiddos while I rush home to meet Mat. It truly takes a village, y’all. 6:30PM Camp Gladiator time. I love my CG family—I go at least four times a week. Mat and I meet up with anywhere from 10 to 30 of our neighbors to work out with a trainer outside. This is a mix of “me” time and a quick date night. Couples who work out together stay together, right? 7:30PM We head home to take over the end of dinner, finish homework, tell Grandma and Opa goodbye and get ready for the next day. A quick bath is in order for the kiddos. 8:30PM We read a story with the girls and kiss them goodnight. Then Jack and I head to his room for his own story. We recently converted his bed to a big-boy bed, thus bedtime is taking longer than usual. I often fall asleep on the floor next to him, and tonight is no different. 9:30PM I wake up stiff from the floor and head to the kitchen. Mat and I get lunches ready for the next day, and then it’s finally shower time for us. 10:30PM We crawl into bed, read for a little while and then lights out. Mat is asleep within minutes. I’m not too far behind him, exhausted from the day.

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Kids Menu QUITTING THE

IN AN ATTEMPT TO SATIATE FINICKY DINERS, PARENTS ARE INCREASINGLY TURNING TO KID-APPROVED STANDBYS—CHICKEN NUGGETS, MACARONI, GRILLED CHEESE—IN LIEU OF MORE NUTRITIOUS, ADVENTUROUS OPTIONS. HERE’S HOW TO WIN AGAIN IN THE KITCHEN.

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ight after night, Cindy James’ sons Wyatt, 7, and Iain, 5, would ask for the same meal: chicken nuggets. The Dallas photographer and her husband both work full time, and making two nutritious meals daily was out of the question. “We gave into it in the beginning,” she says, “but I knew they weren’t getting any nutrition.” It is a common conundrum for parents: In an effort to ensure our children eat, we give them what they want. “Our basic innate parenting instinct is to nourish our children,” says registered dietitian Angela Lemond of Lemond Nutrition, which has locations in Plano and Rockwall. “The problem is that we start worrying when it’s 6pm and they aren’t eating a balanced meal. So we start subbing chicken fingers. Most families try to give their children a healthy food, but when they don’t eat it, that’s when things start going awry.” Enter the creation of the short-order cook—parents who craft entirely separate meals for their picky kids or hit the freezer for what are often less nutritious options. The desperate haste to get something on the table and into our kids’ stomachs can also lead to less-than-ideal strategies like bribery. (In a well-meaning attempt to encourage adventurousness, my own mother once promised a piece of cherry pie if I would eat an entire blue cheese-topped burger—I did. It took me 20 years to eat blue cheese again.) If you’re tired of begging, bribing or cooking to order, try a new tactic to break away from the kids menu. KIDS MENU? WHAT KIDS MENU?

Children in other countries often eat what their parents eat (lessons can be gleaned from French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon) while convenience foods are a staple in American households. Societal pressures—like seeing what their friends are eating at school—

also influence young children’s diets, and the lack of variety on restaurant kids menus makes it easy to stay in the rut; cheeseburger, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, repeat. “I wish we didn’t even have kids menus,” Lemond says. She believes that parents should make one meal and serve it to the entire family. After nightly chicken nugget requests, that’s exactly the process James instituted. “I say, ‘You don’t have to eat what I cook, but I’m not cooking another meal,’” she explains. She does provide two other options: They can eat anything from the counter (always fruit) or make their own dinner as long as it’s not packaged. (She says Wyatt once made a “salad” with carrot slivers and two pieces of spinach—and was thrilled.) “They don’t have to clear their plates,” James says. “But if they get up from the table once they are excused and didn’t eat, they aren’t allowed to have anything later. Usually they realize they aren’t going to get anything later and eat.” While it doesn’t work every night—she still serves up chicken nuggets on some busy evenings—it’s successful more often than not, she says. “We’ll sometimes do something easy like sandwich night or breakfast for dinner. It’s not always this sea of nutrition we are eating, but we are realistic. If we do 70-30, then we are good.” Dallas-based registered dietitian Robin Plotkin suggests including one or two items per meal that your children will eat—as long as it’s part of the family meal and not something special for the child. “If you know your kiddos will always eat blueberries or cucumbers and ranch, then terrific—serve them to the rest of the family too,” she says. You can also serve meals buffet style, Lemond suggests. But if your kiddos still won’t eat, it really and truly is OK for them to go to bed without emptying their plates. “We have to remember that as parents we are not sending them to bed hungry—they are choosing not to eat,” she says. “Sometimes children pick at food

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time to eat. It’s good all around to take a break and taste your food and connect and keep the mealtime a positive experience.” GET THE KIDS INTO THE KITCHEN

KEEP THE FAMILY MEAL SACRED

Sports practice, schoolwork, laundry, food prep—the list of reasons to grab dinner on the go is extensive. But our harried schedules are equating to a sharp decline in families’ shared mealtimes. In 2013, 86 percent of Americans said they enjoyed a family dinner only once weekly, with 58 percent dining together at least four times weekly, according to a report by The Harris Poll. And 59 percent pointed out that they used to enjoy more dinners together while growing up. With each generation, we gather together less often. Yet studies consistently tout the benefits of dining as a family five nights a week or more. “It could be cereal; it could be chicken, potatoes and asparagus, but that time together is important and builds a strong foundation,” Plotkin says. “Research shows you how important eating together as a family is—children make better life choices.” Studies from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse have revealed that kids who regularly eat family dinners receive higher grades and skip school less. Then there are the nutritional benefits. The 2009 study “Family

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Dinner and Diet Quality Among Older Children and Adolescents” from the Archives of Family Medicine found that children who ate dinner with their families had healthier diets with more fruits and vegetables and less saturated fats, trans fats, fried foods and soda. Though encouraging the family to sit at the table might seem daunting, meals don’t have to be long—even 15 minutes with a toddler is enough to instill the routine. Moms who might not need to eat while their children are eating can munch on fruit or a snack, suggests Lindsay Matuson, a Fort Worth-based health and fitness expert who has two young sons. “Make it social so they see happiness and togetherness early,” she says. Find ways to encourage kids to stay at the table longer. The Family Dinner Project, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, suggests rounding off the meal with ice pops made from real fruit or fresh juice and offering portions of the meal as courses—for instance serving vegetables as an appetizer and fruit for dessert. Congregating at the table for breakfast or lunch is just as beneficial. The key is gathering together frequently to reinforce good eating habits, healthy conversation and togetherness. “Even when we get older, the mindfulness—tasting our food— is important,” Lemond says. “People just aren’t taking the

HIDE THE GREENS, IF YOU MUST

When desperation sets in, it’s tempting to follow Jessica Seinfeld’s lead and go the stealthy route with the vegetables your

MY OWN MOTHER ONCE PROMISED A PIECE OF CHERRY PIE IF I WOULD EAT AN ENTIRE BLUE CHEESETOPPED BURGER. … IT TOOK ME 20 YEARS TO EAT BLUE CHEESE AGAIN. specializes in women’s and children’s health. “Eating has to go beyond simply sitting at the table—food needs to be experiential in nature,” agrees Lemond. She suggests visiting pick-your-own farms to teach children how to select ripe produce from spoiled and explaining the nutrients and benefits of each to encourage taste testing. Once home, encourage your kids to take part in age-appropriate activities, from rinsing and stirring to seasoning and tossing.

kids won’t eat—her cookbook Deceptively Delicious contains recipes for inserting pureed veggies into mac and cheese, spaghetti and other kid favorites. While this approach may make your child healthier with less hassle, nutritionists agree that eating veggies in ignorance shouldn’t be the primary way kids consume them as it discourages exploration. “You can’t always hide foods in dishes because kids have to get comfortable with certain foods,” Lemond says. “It’s not always going to be done at school

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an entire day and others eat like horses. That’s just them listening to their bodies.”

From planning weekly menus to browsing farmers markets for ingredients to washing, cooking and serving food, allow children to share in culinary activities for an adventurous, multisensory experience that fosters healthy eating. A 2014 study published in the research journal Appetite found that children who helped with cooking ate more salad, chicken and calories in general. Those children also reported feeling more positive and in control. “It’s so important for children to be involved in the cooking and at the grocery store, having them pick out a new vegetable or fruit while learning new colors and looking at things the family members have never tried, like jicama,” says Amy Gonzalez, a Fort Worth-based dietitian who

They can feel the texture of broccoli, pound out dough, watch a multigrain muffin rise, or smell and select a spice. “They can very often do more than you think they can—it’s OK to challenge them and set expectations,” says Plotkin, whose son Ben, 8, sets and clears the table, among other activities. Dishes can even be named after children—Sophie’s Salad, for instance—to celebrate their efforts. While James’ sons typically play catch with their father when she heads to the grocery store on Mondays, she always gives them a rundown of the list. “I ask if they have any requests for the week, let them have input on what we purchase and what’s for dinner—and then I don’t have to come up with it five days a week,” she says.


or the restaurant so it’s more of a Band-Aid. They have to discover food on their own.” Gonzalez adds that frequently recognizing, feeling and tasting food helps to build confidence, especially when parents describe what their children are eating. “The more they see it, the more likely the children are to have that acceptance—it becomes a normal part of their day-to-day routine,” she says. Still, there are benefits to creatively concealing vegetables alongside serving them whole. Hiding avocado in pudding, cauliflower in pizza crust or spinach in a green smoothie can bolster your children’s nutrition and be a great supplement to a balanced diet. Matuson loves to take familiar foods and make them more nutrient dense. She serves her two sons spaghetti with zucchini noodles, muffins with hemp hearts, and after-school energy bites made with cinnamon, almond butter and flax seeds. “Even my pickiest eater will ask if we are making his favorite [cauliflower] pizza,” she says. “The fact that everyone in my family eats it and we can have the same thing—it’s worth it.” PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

Trying new foods can be intimidating and is often fraught with pressure and anxiety for both parents and children. “Kids are very intuitive, and if we’re anxious [about getting our kids to eat], that can come off in our language, such as, ‘Look, Daddy’s eating it,’ or trying to rush them,” Gonzalez says. “That can come across as pressure, and for kids who are very sensitive, that can create anxiety or apprehension.” So relax, create a stress-free environment and set an example by eating the food yourself—but don’t add pressure by pointing out to your child that others are eating a food they’re resisting. “Say, ‘Wow, this is tasty,’ but don’t guilt them into it,” Lemond says. Gonzalez’s 3 1/2-year-old son, Jude, developed food neophobia, or the resistance to try unfamiliar foods, when he was 18 months

old, which is common. Now if she offers something and he refuses, her go-to phrase is, “You don’t have to eat it.” “I’m not going to offer him a different meal, but that takes off the pressure,” she explains. “It takes the pressure off me too because I don’t have to jump through hoops to get him to eat it.” Both Gonzalez and Lemond have found games to be a useful tool for combating apprehension. “When it’s a game, the majority of picky eaters will try the food,” Lemond says from experience. Gonzalez’s son loves trying samples at Costco, so after reading a tip from It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating by Dina Rose, Gonzalez re-created the Costco setting by filling cups with foods—some he loves, some new—and asking him to describe the taste, texture and temperature. “That engages his senses so he can develop that terminology and describe what he doesn’t like about it,” she explains. She provides context too. “If they are trying a new dip, you can say that the dip tastes like what they had at their grandmother’s house,” she says. “Compare it to something else they had so they know what to expect.” When Gonzalez stumbles upon a food her son enjoys, she offers it daily but in different forms. He loves yogurt, for instance, so she might serve plain yogurt and honey one day, blend it with strawberries the next and offer a smoothie another day. “He’s still getting something he likes and will accept it, but it’s encouraging variety,” she says. The goal is to enable her son to be in tune with his body. “Children are learning conscious eating. They have the ability to accept or reject something, and they learn to eat when they are hungry or stop when they are full. That mindfulness will carry them into adulthood to help avoid emotional eating and overeating,” she says. Matuson’s oldest son still has high anxiety levels when

trying new foods, something she feels she was able to avoid with her second son by allowing a little revelry. “Let your children play with their food—from 6 months on let it be messy, let them get it on the floor, let them build trees out of broccoli,” she says. “It makes them comfortable. It’s completely exhausting, but my son is now a food champion.”

But, if after all you’ve tried your children still won’t touch that asparagus, don’t despair. “You have to remember that you as an adult might only want to eat cereal for dinner, and that’s OK,” Plotkin says. “Take a deep breath and relax. As long as you are offering a wide variety of foods, colors and textures, you are doing your job.” Lemond adds, “Any experience is forward progress.”

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MAKE FOOD TASTE GOOD. Tap into your own culinary creativity and try slicing vegetables in new ways or adding a variety of spices, says Dallas dietitian Angela Lemond. Try roasting instead of steaming and add healthy oils. Another tip: Make one veggie three different ways. “You can explain how the flavors are different based on how they are prepared,” Lemond says. “That’s why cooking is so important—the kitchen is like a lab, and the same food can taste different three different ways.” OFFER HEALTHY SNACKS. Dallas mom Cindy James offers a “buffet” of healthful foods—such as carrots, hummus, fruit and cheese—when her two boys arrive home from school. “They were going to the pantry and getting a granola bar so by dinnertime they weren’t hungry,” she says. “So now if they don’t eat dinner because they had a snack, at least they are filling up on healthy foods not junk foods.” DECONSTRUCT MULTI-INGREDIENT MEALS. Serve spaghetti noodles and sauce separately, for instance, to make them less overwhelming. “Too many foods mixed together can be intimidating, so have them separated so kids can choose how to combine them,” Lemond says. CREATE A WEEKLY MENU WITH YOUR KIDS. Lemond hangs a menu for her children, Hannah, 14, and Evan, 11. “I let them help with the menu and put some of their favorite foods on it so it’s not a battle when they sit down to the table. Even if Evan doesn’t like Monday’s menu, he knows that on Thursday his favorite meal is coming.” CLOSE THE KITCHEN APART FROM MEALTIMES AND SNACK TIMES. Provide structure by setting a

schedule for snacks and meals. “It’s good to get an idea of what a typical day is like for a toddler versus a school-age kid, what is realistic, when they are going to be hungry,” says Lemond. For example, toddlers typically need three meals plus two to three snacks, whereas school-age kids can get by with fewer snacks. If your kiddos choose to skip, don’t make dinner on-demand for them later.

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN IDYLLIC NEST FOR TWO AND HOME FOR A GROWING FAMILY CAN BE VAST. AFTER YOUR FAMILY GREW FROM JUST THE TWO OF YOU TO A GROUP OF THREE OR MORE, CHANCES ARE THAT THE COZY COTTAGE YOU ONCE LOVED AS NEWLYWEDS IS STARTING TO SEEM SMALLER THAN IT USED TO FEEL. NOW THAT YOUR LIFESTYLE IS CHANGING, YOUR HAPPY NEST FOR TWO MIGHT ALSO NOT HOLD QUITE THE SAME CHARM—OR FUNCTION—IT ONCE DID. WEIGHING YOUR PRIORITIES AND CONSIDERING ALL YOUR OPTIONS CAN TAKE THE DAUNTING GUESSWORK OUT OF ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND IMPORTANT STEPS YOU’LL EVER TAKE—BUYING YOUR FAMILY HOME.

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It’s an old adage, but it continues to hold true for most people in the homebuying market today: location, location, location. First, define what kind of location you want for your growing family and what you want out of your location. Is your ideal, perfect place to raise your children a sprawling property in the suburbs with space to spare, or do you need a 10-minute commute to your office in downtown so you can spend more time at home and less in the car? Where do you like to eat, shop and play, and what kind of proximity do you want to these places that you love to frequent? Once you hone in on a specific part of town, shift your focus to the location of your home in terms of site and/or the lot, whether you’ve decided to take on the task of building your dream home or purchase one on the market.

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While no perfect home exists, keep in mind that the goal is to find a home that’s perfect for your unique lifestyle

and growing family. Sit down together to outline your needs and define your priorities. Next, differentiate needs versus priorities and then determine which items you’d be willing to compromise on and which categories are not negotiable. Also, discuss which recreational outlets you enjoy and your preferred lifestyle. Are you most comfortable with an atmosphere of city living, nearby proximity and an urban environment, or are you looking for an escape with family-focused amenities and an intentional separation between work and home? How do you like to socialize and entertain family and friends?

COMMUNITY

The phrase, “it takes a village” might never resonate so much as when you become a parent. Finding a community that offers an atmosphere that suits your family dynamic and personality is often equally important as loving the architectural style or floor plan of your new home. For families who love to spend time outdoors exploring the world around them, the new community

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Tucked away on a quiet peninsula of Lake Lewisville in the esteemed Little Elm ISD, Wildridge offers families a peaceful oasis and the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle. From a kayak excursion or yoga practice in the park to mingling with neighbors during events organized by the community’s lifestyle coordinator, Wildridge is a haven for families seeking outdoor activity and offers something for every life stage. Wildridge is beloved for its breathtaking sense of natural beauty. Residents are surrounded by a sanctuary of mature trees, green spaces and ponds—all interlaced around the coveted area of Lake Lewisville. Not only can families enjoy walking distance access to the lake, sunsets over the watery view, open green spaces, creeks and an amenity center with a resort-style pool, kids can participate in weekly fishing lessons at the stocked ponds and play on a natural playground. Boaters and water enthusiasts can take advantage of six nearby marinas as well as two lakeside restaurants. An extraordinary oasis where winding trails and rolling hills serve as the backdrop to families’ new homes, this 400-acre community is the perfect place to create lifelong friendships and lasting memories.

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For a beach vacation that goes beyond sand and surf, plan your stay at Galveston Island. Home to Schlitterbahn Waterpark, the Historic Galveston Island Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens and 32 miles of beaches, families can enjoy both an exhilarating and relaxing stay on the island. Head to Galveston this month to witness the Tall Ships Festival, which features six historic vessels offering sail-away excursions and interior tours, as well as plenty of music, food and family fun. Plus, splash around at Schlitterbahn’s indoor water park and ride Pleasure Pier’s new 5-D Theater Ride—both attractions are open weekends in April. Make your stay both fun and educational by taking advantage of Galveston’s online home-school materials, which include activity sheets, interactive maps labeled with historical sites and tips for making each stop memorable. And if you’re looking to plan for summer, go ahead and snag an Island Pass for 40% off admission on the island’s popular attractions!

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For a seaside escape located just 20 miles outside of downtown Houston, load up the car and head for Kemah Boardwalk. With 60 acres of waterfront fun, a trip to Kemah Boardwalk promises a wide array of amusements and activities. Stroll up and down the Midway for dancing fountains that shoot water up to 12 feet high—kiddos love splashing around these water jets, which are illuminated at night. You’ll also find Midway games for all ages and a double-decker carousel boasting painted seals, horses and zebras to mount. If the Ferris wheel seems a bit too tall for your little ones, head for the Wonder Wheel, a child-size version of the classic attraction. Be sure to schedule a visit to the Kemah Aquarium. Between the rainforest exhibit with African elephant and lowland gorilla animatronics and the specialty-themed restaurant housing a 50,000-gallon tank filled with tropical fish, everyone in your crew is sure to be impressed. If you have little daredevils in tow, steer toward the Stingray Reef to touch (and even feed!) Southern and Cownose stingrays. If you’re looking to cover a lot of ground, hop aboard the C.P. Huntington, a gas-powered train that carries passengers around the property. Give your family a taste of history on this gas-powered train, which is a handcrafted replica of a Central Pacific Railroad train from 1863. Plan your trip for the first half of this month to catch the Crawfish and Zydeco Festival, during which families can enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish, crawfish races and live Zydeco music. Schedule your visit for the last weekend in April to watch Blessing of the Fleet, a decorative boat parade traveling from the Clear Creek Channel into Galveston Bay.


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For a nature escape fit for the whole family, plan your stay at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Get active with rock climbing, horseback riding and kayaking, or relax at Spa Django. Fuel up at one of the four restaurants on-site, or grab a slice of Hawaiian or veggie pizza from the new “Pizza in the Pines.” If you’re looking for a kid-friendly way to celebrate Easter, take advantage of the Easter Celebration, which includes a delicious brunch, egg hunt and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

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For a family-friendly trip filled with outdoor fun, pack your bags for North Little Rock. Plan your getaway this month for the inaugural Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, which includes an Italian car show, cooking lessons, grape stomping and more. Take your crew out to the ballgame at Dickey-Stephens Park to see the Arkansas Travelers, and make sure to visit the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, which houses a functioning submarine from World War II—your kiddos can climb down the hatch and experience life as a submariner!

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Make this summer exceptional. Enjoy a wide variety of weekly themed experiences (exploring interesting subjects such as science, art, animals, history, fitness, world cultures and games), engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Choose your favorite weekly camp themes or spend the whole summer here. Plus, campers get a new T-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag for all their summer adventures! Sounds great, right? Then what are you waiting for? Sign up now for our Summer to Discover Camp, only at The Children’s Courtyard®. Call 877-701-4908 or visit ChildrensCourtyard.com/summer to learn more and find your local school.

It’s all good at Summer Zoo Camp! With summer break on the way, it’s time to register for Summer Zoo Camp at the Fort Worth Zoo! We have the perfect experience for your camper, from 3-year-olds to 12th graders. Animal presentations, Keeper Chats, Zoo excursions and more make Zoo Camp a fun and engaging experience all summer long. Summer Zoo Camp is open to children ages 3 to fifth grade and runs June 4 through August 17. Each week is themed to give campers a variety of educational and exciting experiences.

817-759-7200 www.fortworthzoo.org

Middle School Camp is geared toward entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. With topics ranging from Keeper-in-Training to Photography, these one-of-a-kind sessions are sure to fill up fast.

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Zoo Careers Camp gives high school students a rare opportunity to explore the worlds of zoological sciences, wildlife conservation and animal-related careers. This overnight camp is an immersive experience for ninth to 12th grade teens. Visit fortworthzoo.org for dates, times and complete details.

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Learn new skills and discover a passion for technology! At iD Tech, students ages 7–18 learn to code apps, design video games, learn programming with Roblox, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, design Fortnite-inspired games,  discover cyber security, create levels in virtual reality, build websites, 3D-print objects and much more. In each weeklong session, students explore a top campus, learn from top-tier instructors, create an impressive project and build in-demand skills that last long after summer. Campers are taught in small groups of just an average of 8 students per instructor for the most personalized instruction. 1-844-788-1858 info@idtech.com www.iDTechCamps.com

iD Tech summer programs are held at 150 prestigious campuses nationwide, including the University of Texas at Dallas, SMU, TCU, Rice, Westlake Academy, the University of Texas at Austin, MIT and more. While most programs are weeklong (overnight stays optional at many locations), teens can enroll in two-week, pre-college academies for the most immersive, in-depth instruction. Join us this summer to see why over 300,000 camp alumni can’t stop talking about iD Tech summer camps. Visit www.iDTechCamps.com or call 1-844-788-1858 to find the right program for your student.

It’s Your Child’s Summer to Shine! Boost your child’s creativity, confidence and talent. The Westwood School Summer Camps are designed for MORE FUN at every age! An exciting daily schedule to include art, games, cooking and more. A special guest each week and Pizza/Splash Fridays. Session themes such as Chef’s Showcase, Mad Science, Make It Take It Art, Circus Theater, Kid Nation, Lego Engineering, Around the World and The Great Outdoors. 14340 Proton Rd. Dallas, TX 75244 972-239-8598 www.westwoodschool.org/summer

Camp times: 9am–3pm, plus Extended Day and Childcare available. Contact Ellen Woodbridge: EWoodbridge@westwoodschool.org. Register by May 1 for $50 Early-Bird Discount.

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Summer is more fun with Adventure Kids Playcare! Take advantage of our flexible drop-in options with a new camp theme each week for children ages 3–12! Choose from all 8 locations where each day is packed with arts, crafts, science, cooking and so much more! Themes include Inventors Workshop, Animal Planet, Young Entrepreneurs, Grossology, CSI Spy Camp, Challenge Island, Crazy Chemistry, Kids Who Rock, Chef’s Academy, DIY Stars, Myth Busters.


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Spend just a week making friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Call our 2000 acres your playground during our action-packed Summer Camp: Wild about LLELA! Your child will enjoy fishing, kayaking and exploring all the wild things at LLELA! Session 1: June 11–15 Session 2: June 18–22 Session 3: June 25–30 201 E. Jones St. Lewisville, TX 75057 469-635-5482 www.LLELA.org Tiara Chapman, Nature Programs Coordinator

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Enroll your 7–12-year-old child in the entire week or M/W/F only. All 5 days: $200 per child. M/W/F: $150 per child. Camp is 8:30am–2:30pm.  Extended day (2:30–4pm) available for $50 per week per child. 

Separate boy/girl camps owned and operated by the Ragsdale family, Camp Stewart for boys 6–16 and Heart O’ the Hills Camp for Girls 6–16. Worldwide, limited enrollment, personable and fun! Instruction-oriented, offering more than 50 activities—including English and western riding, Red Cross swimming instruction, sports, canoeing, archery, tennis, climbing and rappelling, survival skills, crafts. Stewart has a unique Trail of Advancement for all boys; older boys specialize in equestrian, ranchman, outdoorsman, sportsman or campmaster. The Heart has a tradition of etiquette. Also intangibles—self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, individual identity, dealing with challenges. New one-week term (Stewart only), two- and four-week terms.

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The fun science day camp where kids ages 5–11 get to have “Aha!” moments of creativity and discovery while building and experimenting with unique takehome toys, astonishing gadgets and fantastic gizmos. Our top-notch, enthusiastic educators make STEM learning an adventure! 2018 topics include Science Makers & Inventors Camp, Amusement Park Science Camp, Transforming Robots Camp and Rovers Rocketing to Space Camp! Save $20/wk! Ends 4/31/2018

Win Kids…famous for first-class summer camps for children. From themes like Kritter Kids to Ninja Warriors, Police and Fire and more, our caring teachers will treat your child to the super-fun camps we are famous for! Come experience sports and fitness “The Win Kids Way!” Your child will be handled with love in a high-quality environment! Ages 2½–12. Full and half-day options. Camps fill fast so enroll early. Enrollment begins March 5. northtexaschild / april 2018

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CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE OPENING

T H E S H O P S AT WILLOW BEND Now open daily Your kids’ crayon box just got a lot bigger. The long-awaited family attraction created by the Crayola crayon company (and only the fourth in the nation) has finally opened in Plano. The 60,000-squarefoot addition at Willow Bend features a retail store, cafe and 22 activity stations. Bring your young creative to make melted wax spin-art, learn how crayons are made in a live factory show and experience two new attractions that debut in Texas: Silly Selfies and Kaleidoscope. $20.99 at the door; $18.99 online. $30.99 annual passes. Free for kids under 3. 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano; 469/642-2901 crayolaexperience.com/plano

EASTER BUNNY TRAIN

G R A P E V I N E V I N TA G E R A I L R OA D April 1 After the Easter Bunny finishes his egg-hiding duties, you’ll find him hanging

out on board Vinny, a 1953 diesel locomotive stationed at Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot. Join them both for an Easter Sunday train ride (hourlong excursions depart at 2 and 4pm) and, of course, a few holiday treats from the Easter Bunny. $14. 705 S. Main St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185 gvrr.com

ART WITH A HEART

I RV I N G A R T S C E N T E R April 1 If your littles have not yet witnessed the awe of speed painting set to music, don’t miss the chance to see this live performance art starring Vilas Nayak, a world-renowned speed painter from Bangalore, India, plus a performance by Indian classical dancer Aarthy Sundar. Tickets from $25. Proceeds benefit Empower and Excel, a California-based nonprofit that empowers

youth to give back by serving underprivileged communities. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787 irvingartscenter.com

Pacific Northwest Ballet of Seattle. $30. 100 N. Charles St., Lewisville; 972/219-8446 lakecitiesballet.org

DISNEY ON ICE – DARE TO DREAM

CURIOUS GEORGE – THE GOLDEN MEATBALL

AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER April 4–8 Moana takes center stage in her Disney On Ice debut. See how far she’ll go (across the ice rink) to save her island with the help of demigod Maui, and watch as mouse masters of ceremonies Mickey and Minnie usher in fellow female heroes Belle, Rapunzel, Cinderella and sisters Elsa and Anna. Kids 13 and younger are welcome to dress in costumes. Tickets from $15. 2500 Victory Ave., Dallas; 800/745-3000 disneyonice.com

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MEDICAL CITY LEWISVILLE GRAND T H E AT E R April 6–7 LakeCities Ballet Theatre stages its season finale with Giselle, a centuries-old Romantic ballet about a young peasant girl who, though betrayed by her suitor, Albrecht, loves and protects him from beyond the grave. Watch as two pros dance in the lead roles: Sarah Lane, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre of New York, and Steven Loch, Denton County native and soloist with

ARTISAN CHILDREN’ S T H E AT E R April 6–28 After unforeseen circumstances throw a wrench into little monkey George’s favorite day, the annual All YouCan-Eat Meatball Day, the Man with the Yellow Hat and George (with his own chef’s hat) travel to Rome to enter the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest. Bring your young fans of the book series to watch this new musical about food and friendship. $11 adults; $7 children age 12 and younger. 444 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst; 817/284-1200 artisanct.com

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NASH E R SCULPTURE CENTER April 7 Experience the modern exhibits, sculpture garden and kids’ activities at the Nasher’s abstract art-themed family day this month. Admission is free. If you’re willing to lay down some serious cash, sign up soon for another family fun day, The Great Create. On Sunday, April 29, the garden transforms into an entirely new space for instructorled art projects and live entertainment for this annual fundraiser. Tickets start at $500 for four tickets. Free for children 2 and younger. 2001 Flora St., Dallas; 214/242-5100 nashersculpturecenter.org

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

G R A P E V I N E V I N TA G E R A I L R OA D April 13–22 Climb aboard a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine during his Big Adventures Tour stop in Grapevine. For two weekends, Sir Topham Hatt welcomes families for a 25-minute train ride aboard Thomas the Tank Engine’s coaches and to stay for a day full of fun. Entertainment includes stage performances and magic shows, a huge model train layout, a sandbox dig and more activities in the Imagination Station. $21 for timed tickets. Tickets required for age 2 and older. 705 S. Main St., Grapevine; 866/468-7630 ticketwebdowt.com

COLORPALOOZA

OLD TOWN LEWISVILLE April 14 Watch pro chalk artists work their magic on the sidewalks and join in yourself, make your own event T-shirt at the tie-dye station, and enjoy more artfocused fun and entertainment all day at Lewisville’s annual kid-friendly festival ColorPalooza – A Celebration of Spring. Free admission; fee for some activities. 150 W. Church St., Lewisville; 972/219-3401 lewisvillecolorpalooza.com

CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

I RV I N G A RT S CENTER April 14 Gravity is no match for the aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and strongmen of Cirque de la Symphonie. Witness the troupe’s jaw-dropping

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show choreographed to classical and contemporary music played live by Irving Symphony Orchestra. Tickets from $38. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving; 972/252-2787 irvingartscenter.com

FATHERDAUGHTER PROM

FLOWER MOUND C O U R T YA R D B Y MARRIOTT April 14 While teenagers prepare for high school prom, make your younger girls ages 4–13 feel special too by signing up for this springtime daddy/ daughter date night at a new Marriott hotel. Call to register by April 7 and come dressed for dinner and dancing. $75 per couple; $30 per additional child. Additional fee for professional photography. 4330 Courtyard Way, Flower Mound; 972/874-6276 flower-mound.com/adventures

THE POWER OF GOLD EXHIBIT

DA L L A S M U S E U M OF ART Opens April 15 All that glitters is gold in this new exhibit of treasure: more than 200 items of gold regalia, ceremonial furniture, swords and other significant objects related to Asante Kingdom in West Africa in the 19th through 21st centuries. See The Power of Gold: Asante Royal Regalia from Ghana beginning April 15 or on Friday, April 20, when it’s the subject of the DMA’s next Late Night event. $16 for exhibit only. Late Night, plus exhibit: $20. Free for DMA members and children 11 and younger. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas; 214/9221200 dma.org/ powerofgold

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Worth’s “main street,” with juried artists, a full musical lineup, festival foods and, near the courthouse, MAIN ST. Creates! for kids. Head to this outdoor arts-andcrafts studio first for fun with sand art, henna tattoos and tons more. Free admission; some activities require coupons. Tarrant County Courthouse to Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth; 817/336-2787 mainstreetartsfest.org

for some activities. 626 Ball St., Grapevine; 817/410-3185 nashfarm.org

HIGHLAND VILLAGE FAMILY CAMPOUT

P I L O T K N O L L PA R K April 21–22 For one night, trade the comforts of home for the thrill of camping outdoors with other adventurous families. Dress up your tent for a decorating contest, gather ’round the campfire for s’mores and watch a latenight screening of Monsters University—all at this park overlooking Lewisville Lake. $50 per campsite for up to four campers; includes meals. $10 per additional camper. Register by April 13. 218A Orchid Hill Lane, Argyle; 972/317-7430 hvparks.com

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DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.

C AS A M A ÑA NA April 20–May 13 See Beast and Belle in this family favorite musical at Casa Mañana for a threeweekend run, and on select days, get extra time with characters off stage during Tea With Belle, offered at noon before the 1pm performances on Saturdays, April 21 and 28. Enjoy a meet-and-greet with Belle at a tea party in the Reid Cabaret Theatre where the musical characters serve as wait staff. $55 for tea, plus performance ticket, available from $21. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth; 817/332-2272 casamanana.org

SPRING INTO NASH

N A S H FA R M April 21 Spring’s a busy time around the farm. Join the commotion during one of Nash Farm’s biggest family days of the year by taking part in both the chores (tilling the soil, planting cotton) and the fun (riding on the wagon, jump rope making, visiting the furry farm animals). Free admission. Coupons required

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DA L L A S CHILDREN’S T H E AT E R April 21–May 6 Blue, designed for toddlers with short attention spans, introduces the ideas of acceptance and understanding. Pale and Inky Blue live peaceably in their all-blue world until a red sock mysteriously shows up in their kitchen. Find out how the pair reacts to this new color when this play returns to the DCT stage for its second consecutive year. $16. 5938 Skillman St., Dallas; 214/740-0051 dct.org

LES MISÉRABLES

M U S I C H A L L AT FA I R PA R K April 24–May 6 Before there was Hamilton (which is coming to Dallas next spring), there was Les Miz. Now the touring Broadway cast for one of the most epic musicals ever returns to Dallas Summer Musicals with a new production with scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Snag your tickets now and pick up a booster seat. Playbill recommends this musical for kids as young as 6 and best for age 10 and up. Tickets from $20. 909 First Ave., Dallas; 800/745-3000 dallassummermusicals.org

LOVE MOTHER EARTH Join in a litter cleanup with sweet rewards for volunteers, make upcycled crafts and discover what makes our planet the best planet at these events in honor of Earth Day. ECOCOPPELL EARTHFEST

T H E S Q UA R E AT O L D T O W N April 14 Stock up on locally sourced goods at the morning Coppell Farmers Market and stick around until noon for sustainable lifestyle tips and kid-friendly fun in honor of Earth Day. Make upcycled crafts with SCRAP Denton and play games on the lawn while the Boxcar Bandits play live bluegrass music for the crowd. FREE // 768 W. Main St., Coppell; 972/462-5165 // coppelltx.gov/events

DISCOVERY DAYS – EARTH

P E R O T M U S E U M O F N AT U R E A N D S C I E N C E April 14 Celebrate the upcoming Earth Day with special science experiments and activities that explore parts of the earth, minerals and weather patterns. Free with admission: $20 adults; $13 kids ages 2–17. Museum members get in free and get a sneak preview from 9–10am. For kids also interested in what’s beyond our planet, don’t miss out on your final days to see the Journey to Space exhibit, open through May 6. Additional $10 adults and $8 kids. // 2201 N. Field St., Dallas; 214/428-5555 // perotmuseum.org

DENTON ARTS & JAZZ FESTIVAL

Q UA K E R T O W N PA R K April 27–29 Little D shows off its greatest talents at the 38th annual festival, with jazz and blues music on seven stages and all-day activities for the kids: face painting, rock climbing, inflatables and a playground. Stop by the children’s art tent for instructor-led crafts, kidfriendly woodworking and a percussion petting zoo. FREE 321 E. McKinney St., Denton; 940/565-0931 dentonjazzfest.com

HONK! JR.

THE ACTORS C O N S E R VAT O R Y T H E AT R E April 27–29 Revisit the fable of The Ugly Duckling when the young thespians of Lewisville children’s theater (around ages 10–18) take to the stage like ducks to water (sorry, we had to). Watch as the duckling goes on a musical adventure

of self-discovery and finds a flock of characters that embrace their differences. $14 adults; $10 students age 10–college; $9 for children 9 and younger. 359 Lake Park Road, Suite 118, Lewisville; 972/436-8228 getintotheact.org

SAFARI NIGHTS

DA L L A S Z O O April 28 Saturday’s alright for singing when Safari Nights returns to the Dallas Zoo. Rock out to live music from tribute bands and local artists on the Cat Green every Saturday through midJuly. Bring your own blankets or chairs and join the evening fun beginning with special keeper chats and a Wonders of the Wild animal show. $15 adults; $12 children ages 3–11 and seniors. Free for zoo members and children 2 and younger. Includes admission to the zoo during daytime hours and the evening concert. 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas; 469/554-7500 dallaszoo.com

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MOMMY FAILS ILLUSTRATION MARY DUNN

I took my daughter to Bubble Guppies Live. After, I couldn’t find my keys—I had left the car running for three hours!” —ASHLEIGH, ARLINGTON

WHEN I PICKED UP MY 3-YEAR-OLD SON FROM THE BABYSITTER, I ASKED HOW HE’D BEEN THAT DAY, EXPECTING A GREAT REPORT. SHE INFORMED ME THAT HE CRAWLED ONTO THE COUNTER AND PEED INTO THE SINK.” —ANGELA, LAS COLINAS

“My 9-month-old had a double ear infection, and the doctor gave him antibiotics. One morning I smelled something. I looked in the back of his diaper, but it was too late. Imagine a tube of toothpaste rapidly shooting up— but poop.” —ANNIE, PLANO

Got a parenting fail you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you. Send it to editorial@dfwchild.com.

“My husband and I don’t swear often, but we both say ‘Oh s#!%!’ as a first reaction after something bad happens. Our little one is in the potty training stages, and she missed the potty. Out comes from her precious mouth, ‘Oh s#!%!’” —NINA, RICHARDSON

“My son lost a baby tooth and placed it underneath his pillow that evening for the tooth fairy. Well, the tooth fairy completely forgot, and he woke up confused and slightly disappointed. I told him she must not have been able to find it. So, to be sure, it was right in the middle of his pillow the next night. Oops!” —NORA, ROWLETT

I LET MY 6-YEAR-OLD TAKE A SHOWER BY HIMSELF. WHEN HE CAME OUT HE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING, BUT WHEN HE SAT DOWN TO EAT HE WAS COMPLAINING ABOUT HIS UPPER LIP. WHILE IN THE SHOWER, HE GRABBED MY RAZOR AND DECIDED TO SHAVE HIS ‘MUSTACHE.’” —MELISSA, ROYCE CITY

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